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Chapter 3. Formatting Documents > Adjusting Table Cells

Adjusting Table Cells

Often there is more to modifying a table than adding or deleting rows or columns; you need to make cells just the right size to accommodate the text you are entering in the table. For example, a title in the first row of a table might be longer than the first cell in that row. To spread the title across the top of the table, you can merge (combine) the cells to form one long cell. Sometimes, to indicate a division in a topic, you need to split (or divide) a cell into two. You can also split one table into two at any row. Moreover, you can modify the width of any column and height of any row to better present your data.

Merge and Split Table Cells and Tables

  • To merge two or more cells into a single cell, select the cells you want to merge, click the Table menu, and then click Merge Cells.

  • To split a cell into multiple cells, click the cell you want to split, click the Table menu, and then click Split Cells. Enter the number of rows or columns (or both) you want to split the selected cell into, clear the Merge Cells Before Split check box, and then click OK.

  • To split a table into two tables separated by a paragraph, click in the row that you want as the top row in the second table, click the Table menu, and then click Split Table.

  • To merge two tables into one, delete the paragraph between them.

Did You Know?

You can quickly adjust columns and rows. Position the pointer over the boundary of the column or row you want to adjust until it becomes a resize pointer. Drag the boundary to a new location.


Adjust Column Widths and Row Heights

Select the columns or rows you want to change.

Click the Table menu, and then click Table Properties.

Click the Column tab.

To specify an exact width, click the Measure In list arrow, and then click Inches.

Type an inch measurement.

Click the Row tab.

Click the Row Height Is list arrow, and then click Exactly or At Least.

Type an inch measurement.

Click OK.

Change Table Properties

Select the rows to change.

Click the Table menu, and then click Table Properties.

Click an alignment option, and then specify an indent from the left (when you select the Left alignment option).

Click a text wrapping option.

Click OK.

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